Raymond Cruz (born July 9, 1961) is an American actor, best known for his starring role as Detective Julio Sanchez in the series The Closer and its spinoff Major Crimes, as well as his recurring role as the drug lord Tuco Salamanca in the crime drama Breaking Bad and its spin-off Better Call Saul.
Cruz was born in Los Angeles, and attended East Los Angeles College. Of Mexican descent, he grew up in East Los Angeles, a neighborhood that regularly saw gang activity, and has relatives in such street gangs as Maravilla and Barrio South Gate. He brings this reality to his roles, particularly as Julio Sanchez on The Closer and Major Crimes, as well as a range of gang-affiliated characters. In an interview with LADbible, Cruz stated he witnessed someone get shot in front of him when he was 12 years old, noting that "his brains came out the back of his head." For his portrayal of Tuco Salamanca, he was able to relate that to experiences witnessing people who were high on meth.Cruz has said that becoming interested in American literature early in life helped him avoid joining such gangs himself. His favorite novel is Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.
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After being hired to investigate a death in a small town, a mentally unstable private investigator is convinced that the case is related to the death of his daughter, who was killed in a conspiracy.
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A man who works for a murder ring in Nevada tries to change professions and become a movie producer with the help of a washed-up film maker. The New York Times bestselling novel was based on Elmore Le...
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Better Call Saul
Six years before Saul and Walter meet. Saul is a lawyer. A man is working. The man who puts "criminal" in "criminal lawyer" is tracked.
A single mother is kidnapped by a man for the first time and is trapped in his home with two other women for over a decade.
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Major Crimes explores how the American justice system approaches the art of the deals as law enforcement officers and prosecutors work together to score a conviction. Los Angeles Police Captain Sharon...
The Eric Andre Show
A comedy talk show featuring unstable hosts, a variety of celebrities, and unusual studio action was created from an alternate reality.
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Neal Caffrey, a con man, forger and thief, has been captured after a three-year game of cat and mouse with the FBI. With only a few months left in his sentence, he escapes to look for his girlfriend. ...
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Walter White, a New Mexico chemistry teacher, was given two years to live after he was diagnosed with Stage III cancer. As he enters the dangerous world of drugs and crime, he becomes filled with a se...
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The detective will be accused of shooting the state attorney. His alibi will be rock solid. He will know he's been framed. He will run. He will wake up and start the day over again.
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Southern California's "gangsta" lifestyle is what a wealthy Los Angeles teen and her friends want to experience. The preppies get in over their heads and start provoking the Latino gang. Their role-pl...
Brothers in Arms
The Old West was once there. There is a new soul in this world. There was a big payback.
Los Angeles has a special unit that handles high-profile murder cases. Johnson's quirky personality and hard-nosed approach often rubs her colleagues the wrong way, but her reputation as one of the wo...
A young private detective is set up to take the fall for a college gambling ring that has paid a football player to throw the National Championship.
My Name Is Modesty: A Modesty Blaise Adventure
Modesty, raised by a casino owner after being abandoned by her parents, has become skilled in the ways of fighting and now acts as the casino owner's bodyguard. Modesty wants revenge when she can't st...
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Plastic surgeons who are hot. Hotshot. They were Sean McNamara and Dr. midlife crises for Christian Troy as they confront career, family and romance problems
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CSI: Miami follows Crime Scene Investigators working for the Miami-Dade Police Department as they use physical evidence, similar to their Las Vegas counterparts, to solve gruesome murders. The Miami C...
Gordon Brewer lost his wife and child in a bombing and was plunged into the dangerous world of international terrorism.
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A family run business is being forced to become a front for the mob. Ronnie (Brian Bloom) stands up against the Cancino family to save his family's life.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
A team of forensic investigators in Las Vegas are trained to solve criminal cases by combing the crime scene, collecting irrefutable evidence and finding the missing pieces that solve the mystery.
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Harsh Realm is a science fiction television series about humans trapped inside a virtual reality simulation.
From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money
A gang of bank-robbing misfits heads to Mexico with the blueprints for the perfect million-dollar robbery, but when one of them wanders into the wrong bar. And crosses the wrong vampire. The thieving ...
The Last Marshal
Marshall McClary, one of the most violent, racist, foul- mouthed Marshalls in Texas, is in the middle of resolving a hostage situation (by shooting everyone he sees) when the FBI agents show up, inter...
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Last Stand at Saber River
As America recovers from the Civil War, one man tries to put the pieces of his life back together but finds himself fighting a new battle on the frontier. Cable is an embittered Confederate soldier wh...
The Air Force ends up with two stolen nuclear warheads when a rogue stealth-fighter pilot drops off the radar while on maneuvers, and his co-pilot, Riley Hale, is the military's only hope of getting t...
Up Close & Personal
To be a prime-time network newscaster is a dream for Tally Atwater. She has raw talent and a homemade demo tape. Warren Justice is a veteran newsman. She becomes his mentor. A rapid rise in her career...
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John is visiting his high school sweetheart. She teaches at a high school. Jane broke her knee cap while jogging. John was her substitute in high school. The school is being attacked.
Operation Dumbo Drop
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After a cop dies, his shield goes back on duty. They call it a "dead badge" - a way to honor a fallen officer. Badge #2424 used to belong to Many Torres - a cop who died of a heroin O.D. Now it belo...
Clear and Present Danger
CIA analyst Jack Ryan is drawn into an illegal war fought by the US government against a drug group.
Johnny is a bad guy whom is trying to go straight whom becomes smitten with Laura, a wealthy good girl whom is rebelling against her parents by pretending to go steady with him, all set among the back...
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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
At Deep Space Nine, a space station located next to a wormhole in the vicinity of a liberated planet of Bajor, Commander Sisko and his crew welcome alien visitors, root out evildoers and solve all typ...
When the Party's Over
In Los Angeles, four housemates try to find love and happiness at the expense of their friends. Banks is trying to hit it big in Hollywood while the artist is trying to make it in the gallery scene. M...
Bound by Honor
The film is based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca and focuses on his half-brothers Paco and Cruz. There are three people in East L.A. A violent crime can change a person's lif...
The wife of a wild Los Angeles police detective became a hostage of the heroin ring he and his partner exposed.
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Made in Hollywood
Steeped in irony, Made in Hollywood depicts the personal and cultural mediation of reality and fantasy, desire and identity, by the myths of television and cinema. Quoting from a catalogue of popular ...
Gremlins 2: The New Batch
Billy and Kate move to the Big Apple, land jobs in a high-tech office park, and end up getting along with Gizmo. There is a new generation of Gremlins. The situation gets worse when the green creature...
The Cates family is thrilled to learn they have inherited the old mansion of the deranged stage actor Tyler Walker. They arrive to discover that the mansion has turned into a playground for a local st...
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